Children stuck at schools, on buses - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Children stuck at schools, on buses

Posted: Updated:
Children sleeping at E. Rivers Elementary Children sleeping at E. Rivers Elementary
Bus stuck in Gwinnett County Bus stuck in Gwinnett County
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Students in several counties were stuck in schools and on buses during the Tuesday night hours.

There are still children at Cobb, Paulding, and Fulton County schools.

CBS Atlanta's Renee Starzyk reported that Douglas County school officials had sent all students home by Wednesday afternoon. 

"We put the girls in a wing of the building, the boys in the gym," said Connie Craft, principal at New Manchester High School, which housed some 350 students. "We watched movies. We played basketball. We just had an overnight good time."

In all, 800 students spent the night at county schools after roads became too dangerous to navigate. Last night, bus drivers were told to pull over to the nearest school and get the children to safety. Pritz said no students were stranded on buses on the road.

Some parents criticized the district for failing to communicate with them on where their children were.

"When things are moving quickly, we don't always have the option to stop and send out robocalls to give you an update every few minutes," said Craft. "I wish we did. But when our phone is ringing off the hook, it's very difficult for us to stop and then respond to every parent request and look at every situation."

Douglas County administrators said 911 operators handled more than 4,000 calls in a 36-hour period beginning at 6 a.m. on Tuesday. Dispatchers said calls were beginning to taper off by late Wednesday afternoon. 

A parent told a CBS Atlanta photojournalist that children at Marietta High School stayed there until a parent picked them up, even if that meant they had to stay overnight.

That was the case for many area schools as parents couldn't reach their children.

At E. Rivers Elementary roughly 100 children slept in the school gym on mats. Some children as young as 5 years old have never been away from home before.

Some older school children actually walked home from school.

Some school children across Metro Atlanta who were able to get out on buses were not able to make it home as buses were left stranded in gridlock traffic.

Atlanta police rescued 91 students from three Fulton County Schools buses early Wednesday morning.

Atlanta Public Schools confirmed that all of the 50 students who were previously reported as still being on buses have been transported safely.

"We have several hundred students sheltered in place at nine sites in the north and west regions of the city. There were a few challenges to food delivery at some locations, but all students did receive food thanks to the Atlanta Police Department, our resourceful staff, and the generosity of communities. Students are safe and continue to be supervised by staff and resource officers. The Georgia State Patrol is also on site," said APS spokesperson Kimberly Willis Green. "Parents are asked to contact schools directly for information on students. However, the district will continue to update parents as we work with state and local agencies to identify safe travel solutions for our students."

In Cherokee County, the superintendent authorized the Transportation Department to temporarily suspend bus services until the roads were made safer.

Around 400 students were sheltered in schools, but none were stuck on buses.

Copyright 2014 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Ocean Springs man's outlook inspires those around him

    Ocean Springs man's outlook inspires those around him

    Sunday, April 20 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-04-20 18:38:59 GMT
    June 4, 2008 Steven Lowery dove into a local river, broke his neck, and was left paralyzed. Many would have become depressed and withdrawn. But Steven's remarkable outlook on life is inspiring others.More >>
    June 4, 2008 is the day that Steven Lowery's life changed forever. That day he was spending time with friends at a local river. He dove in, broke his neck, and was left paralyzed. Many people suffering that tragedy would have become withdrawn and distant. But you don't know Steven and his remarkable outlook on life.More >>
  • Spring breakers enjoy the coast

    Spring breakers enjoy the coast

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:00:18 GMT
    It was a busy day on the beaches of Biloxi Saturday, as people came out to enjoy the sun on the second day of Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break.More >>
    It was a busy day on the beaches of Biloxi Saturday, as people came out to enjoy the sun on the second day of Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break.More >>
  • Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:55 AM EDT2014-04-19 11:55:08 GMT
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas.More >>
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these six areas.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.